We’ve created a new art installation for the JQ station which will be welcoming visitors to the Jewellery Quarter for years to come. This blog is about the design process and our inspirations behind the artwork.

The artwork showcases the work of Birmingham artists who attended a lino printing workshop by Collette McCann and Beth Ingleton; avid lino printers and designers from Birmingham City University.

The artists were from JQ Heritage Creatives, an art project which first started in lockdown as an online session for Birmingham based artists, with workshops facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Tom Tyrell, to create art inspired by the history of the Jewellery Quarter. This project was funded and supported by ATHAC, The Hive, JQ Townscape Heritage Project and JQ Cemeteries Project.

Tom Tyrell
Carol Reid

The workshop involved a trip around the Waterstone Lane Cemetery to discover the use of symbols and to seek inspiration for their designs to showcase and celebrate the rich history and beauty in the cemeteries. From sketching in the cemeteries to lino cutting and printing their designs, the artists have each explored a new printing method and together, produced a collection that celebrates the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.

The finished Artwork will be installed soon on Platform 1 – keep an eye out for it’s appearance!

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


On 25th November 2021, Olivia Swinscoe @oliviagracephoto ran a photography workshop for Year 10 pupils from City Academy @corecity_acad. The group were each given a disposable camera with 27 shots, to capture themes of life and death such as 'movement and stillness', 'light and shadow' and 'public cemetery, private grief' while exploring Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries.
This video contains just a selection of the best photos taken by Year 10.

Explore the Gothic side of the Jewellery Quarter with Tour Guide Ian Braisby before warming up at the Shakespeare Inn & rounding off the afternoon with a candlelit tour of @coffin_works museum.
A unique experience on Sun 5th Dec from 2pm-6pm. Tickets £20:

Is it too early to talk about Christmas?
We hope not because we're getting really excited about 'Christmas Classics at the Catacombs' with @voiceofthetown choir on 2nd December at 4.30pm
Free event - Christmas songs, project thank yous & festive raffle!

Explore the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries & discover the stories which link the area to the world, through the history of the British Empire.

Carrying on the work begun during the #2Visions2Legacies project, we have a new tour exploring Colonial Connections in the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries. Join us for FREE on the 27th or 28th November:

This project is possible because of funding from: